Students, faculty and staff should plan to visit a COVID-19 monitoring testing location 48–72 hours before you leave to protect your family and friends.
Student Testing Information
CU Boulder strongly encourages all undergraduate and graduate students to complete a COVID-19 monitoring test 48 to 72 hours before traveling home.
For students who don’t have symptoms: A monitoring test is recommended 48 to 72 hours before traveling. There are a number of monitoring testing locations available to on- and off-campus students who do not have symptoms. On-campus students are required to participate in the monitoring program every week.
For students under quarantine or who have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days, you may travel by private vehicle. However, you will not be allowed to use public or shared transportation, including airplanes, trains and rideshares.
For students who are experiencing symptoms
If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please schedule an appointment to be tested at Wardenburg Health Center as soon as possible. The public health clinic is open to all students Monday through Saturday.
- Contact Medical Services to schedule a clinical diagnostic COVID-19 test at Wardenburg
- Follow quarantine recommendations while you are waiting for your results
- People who are sick, have recently tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, or have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 should delay travel. Review CDC recommendations on when and how long to delay travel to avoid spreading COVID-19.
- If you receive a positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result, you will need to isolate until a case investigator clears you.
- Isolation spaces will be available for on-campus residents as needed, including after Nov. 25.
- Students living off campus should follow these 5 steps for isolation.sdf
Faculty and Staff Testing Information
- For staff and faculty who are not experiencing symptoms: A monitoring/surveillance test is recommended 48 to 72 hours before traveling. Monitoring testing is available at various locations on campus.
- Faculty and staff who have been referred to the Public Health Clinic through CU’s contact tracing program will be able to get a clinical diagnostic test at Wardenburg Health Center.
Testing for Household Members
From Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, to Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, CU Boulder faculty, staff and students with a Buff OneCard can bring their immediate family/members of their household to participate in the campus surveillance monitoring program. All participants must be asymptomatic and arrive at the testing site accompanied by their immediate family/member of their household with a Buff OneCard.
What Your Test Results Mean for Travel
If you receive a positive COVID-19 diagnostic (PCR) test, you must follow isolation procedures and cannot travel.
- For students living on campus, isolation spaces will be available as needed, including after Nov. 25. You will need to isolate until a case investigator clears you.
- For students living off campus, you should follow isolation guidelines and steps.
- Faculty and staff should stay home and follow CDC requirements for self-isolation. Work with your direct supervisor for HR guidance.
Students under quarantine and those who have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days may travel by private vehicle. However, you should avoid using public or shared transportation, including airplanes, trains and rideshares. Follow CU Boulder guidance for traveling.
People who are sick, have recently tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, or have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 should delay travel. Review CDC recommendations on when and how long to delay travel to avoid spreading COVID-19.
The difference between monitoring testing and diagnostic (PCR) testing
Monitoring testing is used to detect the potential of COVID-19. If your monitoring test indicates the possibility of COVID-19, you need to seek further diagnostic testing and will be referred to Medical Services.
Diagnostic (PCR) testing is used to establish the presence or absence of COVID-19. You should get a diagnostic PCR test if you:
- Received a positive monitoring test
- Are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
- Have been in contact with or exposed to someone who has COVID-19. You should wait 7 days after exposure before getting a diagnostic test.
- If you have been referred to or asked via contact tracing efforts
Contact tracing is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and helps protect you, your family and your community by:
- Letting people know they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
- Helping people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 get tested.
- Asking people to self-isolate if they have COVID-19 or self-quarantine if they are a close contact.